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Mount St. Mary's College

  • Los Angeles, CA
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Urban
    setting
  • 94%6%
    student ratio
  • 2,625
    total students
  • $33,836 | $33,836
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Not Reported
    fall application deadline
  • Not Reported
    acceptance rate
  • Not Reported
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 460
    sat math
  • 460
    sat reading
  • 470
    sat writing
  • 19
    act composite

Overview

Small Women's College in Los Angeles

Founded in 1925, Mount St. Mary's College, also known as "the Mount', is an independent, Catholic, liberal arts university providing a values-based undergraduate education for women specializing in the liberal arts and sciences.With a student body consisting of more than 1800 full-time undergraduates, Mount students are encouraged to explore their ideas and define their ideals as leaders in the community . Students can choose from more than 30 majors, in addition to internships, study broad, research with faculty, and other experiential learning opportunities that complement classroom studies.

The college has a strong freshman retention rate (81 percent) and a low student-faculty member ratio of 12:1. 51% (this is what I have in our publications- but let me know if this is posted somewhere, as it's a much nicer number and I'd love to use 70% instead of 51%) of traditional baccalaureate graduates continue on to earn advanced degrees.

More than 50% of learners are first-generation college students and nearly 89% (not sure if this is the same thing but 98% are receiving FA with the average aid package exceeding $33,000) of Mount students receive need-based grants.

Mount St. Mary's is affiliated with the 350 year old Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, whose mission is to help women "become all they are capable of being." The college welcomes students of all faiths.

Top-ranked and Highly Diverse Institution

Recently, "U.S. News and World Report" ranked Mount St. Mary's number 20 among "Best Regional Universities in the West," a category that includes 135 schools. Within the state, the college rates 10th among 42 California schools in its classification. Within the same field of competition, the Mount came in at number 14 among "Best Value Schools." (Is this last sentence accurate? I thought Dr. McElaney said we ranked #1 for Best Value.)

The Mount is nationally recognized for its strategies for educating a culturally diverse student body. Designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), its undergraduates reflect the diversity of Southern California. The ethnic make-up of the student body is: African American - 7%, Asian-Pacific Islander - 14%, Hispanic - 52%, White - 12%, and Multi-racial/Other - 15%.

Relevance in Social Sciences

Mount St. Mary's delves into the social sciences to make them relevant to today's social climate. For example, those interested in psychology may specialize in applied psychology, counseling/clinical, child and adolescent psychology, and research psychology. Likewise, sociology majors may choose to specialize in human rights, medical sociology, communications, social services, family relations, and psychology.

Other majors include: American studies, applied ethics, criminology, global politics, history, philosophy, and political science.

Enhanced Curriculum in the Sciences

The Mount has been awarded a 5-year, $6-million dollar Title III federal grant to enhance curricula and support for Hispanic, female and low-income students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known as STEM disciplines.

Specific majors available include biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, and mathematics (including a computer programming emphasis).

Interdisciplinary Offering in Business Administration

Business studies are responsive to demographic changes, as demonstrated by the inter-disciplinary Spanish and Business Administration degree designed to address the needs of the growing Spanish-speaking market in the United States.

Other business administration specializations include accounting, international business, management and marketing.

Accelerated Preliminary Teaching Credential Program

The education degree program at Mount St. Mary's College includes an accelerated preliminary teaching credential program which enables students to become teachers after 4 years -- a year less than it takes in many other colleges' programs.

State teaching credentials include elementary multiple subjects and secondary single subjects.

Of related interest, is the Mount's degree program inChild Development. (should we capitalize?) Dr. Pat Disterhoft, program director, began her career teaching early elementary and preschool in New York City and Northern California and has overseen child care programs in the Los Angeles area. Her doctoral work concentrated on life-span development and teacher education.

In-depth Liberal Arts Programs

The Mount offers an interesting array of in-depth programs within the liberal arts disciplines. For instance, the program in Film, Media and Social Justice offers specializations in acting, audio production, film marketing, film production, film studies, producing, social justice, and writing. Similarly, music majors may specialize in performance, music history, music scoring for media, and music education, while students in the Spanish Studies program may focus on Chicano studies, Spanish journalism, and translation.

Other liberal arts programs include art (fine art or graphic design emphasis), English, film and media, French studies, journalism and new media, and religious studies.

Health and Human Services an Academic Focus

Health and human services are also academic focus areas at Mount St. Mary's, with programs in nursing, gerontology and healthcare policy.

The nursing program is based on the world-renowned Roy Adaptation Model of professional nursing care, where every person is treated as a bio-psycho-social-spiritual being living in a complex world.

The gerontology degree program focuses on the bio-psycho-social dimensions of life course development, with the goal of serving the rapidly expanding aging population of the United States.

The healthcare policy program is led by Dr. Helen Boutrous, who received her Ph.D. from Georgetown University, her JD from the University of San Diego School of Law, and her B.A. in economics from UCLA. Her research interests include presidential influence on regulatory policy; the role of courts and interest groups in the development of public policy and social change; and the shifting roles of federal, state and local governments in the development of public policy.

Hilltop Campus Overlooking the Pacific Ocean

The 56-acre Chalon campus is the hub of undergraduate academic and social life. Located in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, it features striking Spanish Colonial architecture and overlooks the J. Paul Getty Center, the Santa Monica Mountains, and the Pacific Ocean.


Location & Contact

12001 Chalon Road
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1599
USA

Renee Rouzan-Kay

Director of Admissions

Phone: 310-954-4250
Fax: 310-954-4259
Email: admissions@msmc.la.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Journalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Early Childhood Education
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Kindergarten/Preschool Education
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Secondary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Family and consumer sciences
    • Child Development
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Health/Health-Care Administration
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs Related
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Gerontology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Interdisciplinary Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Applied and Professional Ethics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Applied Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Counseling Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Developmental and Child Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Research and Experimental Psychology Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Health Policy Analysis
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Human Services
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Work
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Criminology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Commercial and Advertising Art
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Documentary Production
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Film/Video and Photographic Arts Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied
    • Accepted
    • Acceptance Rate
    • Enrolled2,625
    • Female Applicants
    • Females Accepted
    • Female Acceptance Rate
    • Male Applicants
    • Males Accepted
    • Male Acceptance Rate
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      Minimum high school GPA of 2.45
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.40
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 460 420 510
    • SAT Math 460 410 510
    • SAT Writing 470 420 520
    • ACT Composite 19 16 22
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$33,836
    • Out-of-state tuition *$33,836
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$990.00
    • Room and board *$10,793.00
    • Room only *$6,476.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students2,625
    • Male Student Percentage6%
    • Female Student Percentage94%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino57.83%
    • Black or African American6.9%
    • White or Caucasian10.21%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.38%
    • Asian16.27%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.72%
    • Two or more races2.32%
    • Unknown4.38%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout.69% representing 7 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students1.5% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Female-only housing, Male-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 20%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station No
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities Yes
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Na Pua O Ka Aina, Pangkat Pilipino, Alpha Tau Delta, California Nursing Student Association, Mount Movement
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty433
    • Full-time Percentage27%
    • Part-time Percentage73%
    • Female Percentage71%
    • Male Percentage29%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio12:1 or 2,579 students to 223 faculty


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